How many times have you thought to yourself the problems in your life exist because there’s something wrong with you? The Brave Files welcomes Kerri Hummingbird who challenges each of us to dive deep into the fears and doubts that hold us back so that we can become the sovereigns of our own lives. Self-sovereignty. Podcast.

Reclaiming Your Energy, Reclaim Your Self

With Featured Guest

Kerri Hummingbird


Top Takeaways From This Episode

  • Our perceptions create our reality, which means we have the power to shift our reality. This is how we gain Self-sovereignty.
  • The only way to shift our reality is to put ourselves in uncomfortable situations that allow us to learn more about ourselves. 
  • The way we see other people is shaped by our own experiences. 
  • We do ourselves a big favor when we stop trying to meet other people’s standards 
  • Being conscious means listening and paying attention to yourself. This helps us create and maintain good relationships with ourselves.

Cracked Foundations

Kerri Hummingbird spent a significant portion of her childhood in therapy. By the time she was five, Kerri felt insecure and unworthy due to two abusive father figures and a mother who, despite her best intentions, wasn't supporting her properly. Though she learned a lot of valuable tools in therapy, Kerri still felt the aftershocks of her childhood trauma. Sadly, very early on she felt broken and believed she needed to “fix herself.” 

Eventually, Kerri discovered the power of energy which lead to self-sovereignty. This was something Kerri wasn't able to access from therapy and it was a whole new world.

Stairway to Heaven

Kerri doesn’t point to an event when she describes her mindset change. Eventually, she sought alternative forms of self-healing. She was no longer willing to let other's decide her truth.

Through alternative therapies such as shamanic healing, she came to understand that the boundaries through which she defined her personhood were more malleable than she ever imagined. “I was not what I thought I was,” she explains. “I realized, ‘I am not one thing. I’m a bunch of energy. I can decide what stays and what goes, I can track it, I can look within, I can find bugs in the software, take it out… All of a sudden I became the programmer of my own consciousness.” She felt empowered when she shifted her focus from healing her “self” to healing her energy body.

Heart of Darkness

The process of healing her energy body included exploring her deepest fears about herself. She entertained and embraced descriptor words that once brought her shame and dread, like “crazy.” Maybe I am crazy, she thought to herself, but that’s okay. She made a concerted effort to let go of other people’s standards and expectations by changing her mindset. Thus began her journey towards self-sovereignty.

The Road to Self-Sovereignty

Though all of these realizations changed her life for the better, Kerri emphasizes that the healing process is an eternal one. “There’s no ‘set it and forget it,’” she says. To keep herself grounded in her own conscious healing process, she “opens sacred space.” To do this, she uses a ritual inspired by the Lakota cosmology of Four Directions that’s meant to bring her mind out of one state of consciousness into another. She also consults the spirits of her ancestors, a practice inspired by American, African, and Asian cosmologies. (A good place to begin your own healing process is through Kerri’s Love Mastery Game, a free program that invites us to explore spiritual healing). 

Learn more about Kerri

Are you seeking self-sovereignty? Kerri Hummingbird thinks of herself as a door opener, who helps people unlock what they want in life. She is a soul guide, shamanic healer, and an inspirational speaker. She is also the author of several books, including The Second Wave, Awakening to Me, and From We to Me. On her podcast, Soul Nectar Show, she speaks with “awakened human beings” who share their journeys of awakening. The show is available wherever you listen to podcasts. She is based in Austin, Texas, where she lives with her family.  

Giving is Good

No More Deaths/No Más Muertes

Kerri supports No More Deaths/No Más Muertes, a grassroots humanitarian aid organization that strives to end death and suffering in the US-Mexico borderlands at the hands of US border enforcement agencies. Based in southwestern Arizona, No More Deaths facilitates a wide range of volunteer-based projects to address these gross injustices, including one where volunteers leave water, food, socks, blankets, and other supplies for those who brave the deserts of southwestern Arizona to cross the border. They also published three reports documenting abuse in short-term Border Patrol custody: Crossing the Line (2008), Culture of Cruelty (2011), and Shakedown (2014). You can learn more about the work they do here, you can find out ways to volunteer here, and you can donate here.

"What you think is true is based on what you've learned so far - It doesn't mean it's true."

- Kerri Hummingbird

Meet your Host, <em style="color:teal">Heather Vickery<em>

Meet your Host, Heather Vickery

Heather Vickery is an award-winning business owner and global leader with over 20 years as an entrepreneur. She leverages her entrepreneurial skills and expertise to coach individuals towards greater personal and professional fulfillment by helping them leverage their fear into intentional bravery. Heather says “When we choose bravely, on purpose, we choose bigger, have bigger successes and it’s contagious” A celebrated public speaker, Heather inspires audiences and empowers attendees with the tools they need to live bold and successful lives through creating balance, time management, mindfulness, as well as countless systems, strategies, and boundaries. She’s the author of Gratitude Journal: Shift Your Focus and Grow Grateful: A Gratitude Journal for Kids and Families. Heather is also the host and executive producer of The Brave Files Podcast.

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